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Optional Memorial of Saint Casimir

Saint Casimir of Poland

Also known as

• Casimir of Cracow
• Kazimieras, Kazimierz, Kazimir

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Fifteenth century Polish prince, the younger son of King Casimir IV of Poland and Elizabeth of Austria. Grand Duke of Lithuania in 1471; third in line for the throne. Lived a highly disciplined, even severe life, sleeping on the ground, spending a great part of the night in prayer, dedicating himself to lifelong celibacy. He had a great devotion to Mary, supported the poor, and lived a virtuous life amid the dissolute court.

Hungarian nobles prevailed upon Casimir's father to send his 15-year-old son to be their king; Casimir obeyed, taking the crown, but refusing to exercise power. His army was outnumbered, his troops deserting because they were not paid. Casimir returned home, and was a conscientious objector from that time on.

He returned to prayer and study, maintained his decision to remain celibate even under pressure to marry the emperor's daughter. Reigned briefly as king during his father's absence.

Born

3 October 1458 in Wawel, Kraków, Poland

Died

• 4 March 1484 at Grondo, Grand Duchy of Lithuania (in modern Belarus) of tuberculosis
• buried in cathedral of Vilnius, Lithuania

Canonized

• 1522 by Pope Adrian VI
• 1602 by Pope Clement VIII

Patronage

• against plague
• bachelors
• kings
• princes
• single laymen
• Lithuania (proclaimed by Pope Urban VIII in 1636
• Poland
• Grodno, Belarus, diocese of

Representation

• crown
• lily

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

By the power of the Holy Spirit, Casimir burned with a sincere and unpretentious love for almighty God. So rich was his love and so abundantly did it fill his heart, that it flowed out from his inner spirit toward his fellow men. As a result, nothing was more pleasant, nothing more desirable for him, than to share his belongings, and even to dedicate and give his entire self to Christ's poor, to strangers, to the sick, to those in captivity, and to all who suffer. To widows, orphans, and the afflicted, he was not only a guardian and patron but a father, son, and brother.

He actively took up the cause of the needy and unfortunate and embraced it as his own; for this reason the people called him the patron of the poor. Though the son of a king and descendant of a noble line, he was never haughty in his conversation or dealings with anyone, no matter how humble or obscure.

He always preferred to be counted among the meek and poor of spirit, among those who are promised the kingdom of heaven, rather than among the famous and powerful men of this world. - from a biography of Saint Casimir written by a contemporary

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-casimir-of-poland/


Blessed Giovanni Fausti

Also known as

Gjon Fausti

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Eldest of twelve brothers in his family. Studied at the Inter-Brescia seminary where he became friends with the future Pope Paul VI. Graduated from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy in 1922, and was ordained as a priest on 9 July 1922. Taught philosophy at the Inter-Brescia seminary in 1923. Joined the Jesuits in Gorizia, Italy in 1924. Chair of the philosophy department in Scutari, Albania from 1929 to 1932. Chair of the department of philosophy in Mantua, Italy and leader of the Jesuits there in 1932. Father Gjon suffered from lengthy health problems which required regular treatment and reduction in his work schedule from 1932 to 1936, but on 2 February 1936 he made his solemn profession in the Jesuits and returned to full-time adminstration, teaching and ministry. Rector of the Pontifical Seminary of Scutari and its adjoining Xaverian college in July 1942. Worked to start a Christian-Muslim dialogue in Albania. Transferred to Tirana, Albania in 1943 where he worked to help and protect all Albanians in the privations and persecutions of World War II. Vice-provincial of the Jesuits in Albania in 1945. Arrested by the Communist regime on 31 December 1945, and in a show trial, was sentenced to death for being a spy for the Vatican and a traitor to Albania. Martyr.

Born

19 October 1899 in Brozzo, Marcheno, Val Trompia, Brescia, Italy

Died

shot on 4 March 1946 in Shkodré, Albania

Beatified

• 5 November 2016 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated at the Square of the Cathedral of Shén Shtjefnit, Shkodér, Albania, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giovanni-fausti/


Blessed Kolé Shllaku

Also known as

Brother Gjon

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Son of Loros and Maré Ashtés. Studied at Franciscan schools, and became a Franciscan Friar Minor novice on 4 October 1922, making his perpetual vows on 13 September 1928 and taking the name Gjon. Studied theology in the Netherlands. Ordained a priest on 15 March 1931. Studied science, history and philosophy in Louvain, Belgium. Received a doctorate in philosophy from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France in 1937. Back in Albania he taught philosophy and French at a number of levels, and served as a spiritual director to many of his students. An open anti-Fascist, he was forced to flee to Yugoslavia when the Italians invaded Albania. Returning home, he ministered to those suffering in the privations of World War II, and continued to speak against Fascism and Communism. Helped found the Christian Democrats in Albania which led to his arrest by the Communist regime that took power after World War II; he was arrested in a class room in the middle of a lecture. He spent several months being tortured in prison, was finally given a show trial, found guilty of treason against the Communist government, and on 22 February 1946 he was sentenced to death. Martyr.

Born

27 July 1907 in Shkodré, Albania

Died

shot on 4 March 1946 in Shkodré, Albania

Beatified

• 5 November 2016 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated at the Square of the Cathedral of Shén Shtjefnit, Shkodér, Albania, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-kole-shllaku/


Blessed Zoltán Lajos Meszlényi

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Second of five children in a devoutly Catholic family; his father was a school teacher and principal. Graduated from a Benedictine high school in Esztergom, Hungary in 1909. With the support of Cardinal Kolos Vaszary, Zoltán then a studied in Rome, Italy at the Collegium Germanico-Hungaricum and Pontifical Gregorian University where he earned a doctorates in philosophy in 1912, theology in 1913 and a degree in canon law. Forced to leave Italy at the start of World War II, he finished his studies in Innsbruck, Austria, and was ordained there on on 28 October 1915.

Chaplain of Komárom, Hungary. Assigned several administrative tasks and positions at the archdiocese office Esztergom from 1917 to 1937. Auxiliary Bishop of Esztergom, Hungary and Titular Bishop of Sinope on 22 September 1937. Worked to keep the see functioning as the archbishop and other officers were imprisoned in the anti–Christian persecutions of the Hungaian Communists. On 29 June 1950 it was Zoltán’s turn; he was imprisoned, isolated, tortured, starved, abused, and set to forced labour until his health was finally destroyed. Martyr.

Born

2 January 1892 in Hatvan, Heves, Hungary

Died

4 March 1951 in Kistarcsa, Gödölloi, Hungary

Beatified

• 1 November 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI
• recognition Mass celebrated in the cathedral of Esztergom, Hungary

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-zoltan-lajos-meszlenyi/


Saint Adrian of Nicomedia

Also known as

Hadrian

Additional Memorial

8 September (translation of relics)

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Pagan officer and body guard at the imperial court of Nicomedia. Adrian was so impressed by the strength and faith shown by persecuted Christians that he declared himself a Christian, though he had not even been baptized. He was immediately arrested and tortured. He and fellow prisoners were tended by his wife, Saint Natalia until they were executed.

Died

• thrown to a lion, which refused to touch him
• legs broken with an anvil, and then hacked to pieces with a sword on 4 March 304
• body burned, but when a storm extinguished the fire his wife salvaged his dismembered hand as a relic, and took it to Argyropolis near Constantinople
• other relics at Grammont (Geertsbergen), Belgium

Patronage

• against epilepsy
• against plague
• arms dealers
• butchers
• epileptics
• prison guards
• soldiers
• Flanders, Belgium
• Germany

Representation

• anvil at his feet
• anvil in his hand
• in armour
• lion
• anvil
• sword
• axe

Storefront

medals and pendants

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-adrian-of-nicomedia/


Saint Peter of Pappacarbone

Also known as

• Peter of Cava
• Peter of La Cava
• Peter I of Cava

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Born to the Salerno nobility; relative of Saint Alferius of La Cava. Benedictine monk at Cava, Italy while still a young man; his abbot was Saint Leo of La Cava. Lived for a while as a hermit, and then was assigned to Cluny Abbey from 1062 to 1068. Bishop of Policastro, Italy in 1079; after two years of service, he resigned the see and returned to Cava where he served as co-adjutor abbot with Saint Leo. He was chosen abbot and tried to introduce the Cluniac reform, but was so strict that he caused strife in the house. He withdrew from office for a while, and even formed a house in the Cilento region of Italy. However, he was later recalled to La Cava and served decades as abbot with a much more fatherly attitude. During his time he brought in over 3,000 monks who then went out to found other houses and spread the Faith.

Born

in Salerno, Italy

Died

1123 of natural causes

Canonized

1893 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)

Patronage

Policastro, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-of-pappacarbone/


Blessed Placide Viel

Also known as

• Eulalie Victoire Jacqueline Viel
• Eulalie-Victoire Viel
• Placida Viel

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One of eight children of a farm family. Niece of Saint Marie Madeleine Postel. Joined the Sisters of the Christian Schools at age 18, taking the name Placide. She had little education, and studied for a while at Argentan, France. Worked in school administration, founded new convents, and served as novice mistress. Assistant-general of the Sisters at 26, an appointment that caused great resentment among her sisters. Mother-general of the order at age 31 on the death of her aunt. Directed the institute, orphanages, nursery and elementary schools for the next 30 years, opening 36 schools for the poor in Normandy. Obtained papal authority for the order in 1859 from Pope Pius IX. Worked herself to death organizing relief during the Franco-Prussian War in 1877.

Born

26 September 1815 at Quettehou, Normandy, France as Eulalie Victoire Jacqueline Viel

Died

4 March 1877 at Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, France of natural causes

Beatified

6 May 1951 by Pope Pius XII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-placide-viel/


Saint Giovanni Antonio Farina

Also known as

Johannes Antonius Farina

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Son of Pedro and Francisca Bellame. Studied at the seminary in Vicenza, Italy, and taught there while still a student. Ordained on 15 January 1827. Founder of the Institute of the Sisters Teachers of Saint Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Heart in 1836; they are dedicated to teaching the poor. Bishop of Treviso, Italy on 20 September 1850. Ordained the future Pope Saint Pius X on 18 September 1858. Bishop of Vicenza on 28 September 1860, a seat he held until his death.

Born

11 January 1803 in Gambellara, Vincenza province, Italy

Died

4 March 1888 from a stroke at Vicenza, Italy

Canonized

23 November 2014 by Pope Francis

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-giovanni-antonio-farina/


Blessed Nicholas Horner

Additional Memorial

22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales

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Lifelong layman; tailor by trade. An informal but enthusiastic evangelist for Catholicism. While in London, England seeking treatment for a leg wound, he was imprisoned in Newgate for the crime of harbouring priests; the chains and lack of medical care led to amputation of the injured leg. His friends petitioned for his release, which was granted, and Nicholas resumed work as a tailor at Smithfield, London. Arrested again for harbouring priests, he was thrown into Bridewell prison, tried for the crime of making clothes for a priest, and sentenced to death. Martyr.

Born

Grantley, Yorkshire, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 4 March 1590 in front of his home on Fetter Lane, Smithfield, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-nicholas-horner/


Blessed Marie-Louise-élisabeth de Lamoignon de Dolé de Champlâtreux

Also known as

• Mère Saint-Louis
• Mother Saint Louis

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Married. Widow. On 25 May 1803 she founded the Sisters of Charity of Saint Louis in Vannes, France for the education of poor and abandoned girls.

Born

3 October 1763 in Paris, France

Died

4 March 1825 in Vannes, Morbihan, France

Beatification

27 November 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-marie-louise-elisabeth-de-lamoignon-de-dole-de-champlatreux/


Blessed Pere Roca Toscas

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Drawn to religious life in his early teens. Had a great love of literature, especially Catalan, and wrote poetry. Professed cleric in the Sons of the Holy Family. Entered the seminary in Barcelona, Spain, but it was closed at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Captured, tortured and executed for trying to protect a church's icons. Martyr of the Spanish Civil War.

Born

7 October 1916 in Mura, Barcelona, Spain

Died

• shot on 4 March 1937 in Montcada, Barcelona, Spain
• body dumped into a mass grave and remains never identified

Beatified

13 October 2013 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-pere-roca-toscas/


Blessed Humbert III of Savoy

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Son of Count Amadeus III of Savoy and Matilda of Vienna. Educated by Blessed Amadeus of Lausanne. Count of Savoy from age 13 when his father died. Married several times; widower several times. Joined the Carthusian monastery at Haute-Combe, but was obliged to resume political charge of the Savoy. Eventually assumed a Cistercian habit.

Born

1136 at Avigliana, Italy

Died

1189 at Chambéry, France

Beatified

1838 by Pope Gregory XVI (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-humbert-iii-of-savoy/


Blessed Christopher Bales

Also known as

• Christopher Bayles
• Christopher Evers

Additional Memorial

29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai

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Educated at Rome, Italy and Rheims, France. Ordained at Douai, France in 1587. Returned to England in 1588 to minister to covert Catholics, using the name Christopher Evers. Arrested and martyred for the crime of priesthood.

Born

Coniscliffe, Durham, England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 4 March 1590 in Fleet Street, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-christopher-bales/


Saint Appian of Comacchio

Also known as

Apianus, Appianus

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Benedictine monk at the abbey of Saint Peter of Ciel d'Oro, Pavia, Italy. Steward of his house's goods. Hermit at Comacchio, Italy where he evangelized the area.

Born

8th century in Liguria, Italy

Died

• c.800 at Comacchio, Italy of natural causes
• following miracles at his grave, his relics were translated to the church of San Appian in Comacchio
• during an attempted theft of the relics, their transport would not go past the church of San Maurus, so the relics were re-enshrined there

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-appian-of-comacchio/


Blessed Gjelosh Lulashi

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Lifelong layman in the archdiocese of Shkodré-Pult, Albania. Soldiers. Member of the political organization Turkish Union. Martyr.

Born

2 September 1925 in Shosh, Shkodré, Albania

Died

4 March 1946 in Shkodré, Albania

Beatified

• 5 November 2016 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated at the Square of the Cathedral of Shén Shtjefnit, Shkodér, Albania, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gjelosh-lulashi/


Blessed Pedro Ruiz Ortega

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Professed cleric in the Sons of the Holy Family. Seminarian. When the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War began, he tried to flee to Rome, Italy to continue his studies. However, he was imprisoned and executed for his faith. Martyr.

Born

14 January 1912 in Vilviestre de Muñó, Burgos, Spain

Died

• 4 March 1937 in Montcada, Barcelona, Spain
• body has not been located

Beatified

13 October 2013 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-pedro-ruiz-ortega/


Blessed Rupert of Ottobeuren

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Benedictine monk. Abbot of the run down abbey of Ottobeuren. Under his leadership, the house had a resurgence, and both the place and Rupert became known for their piety.

Born

latter 12th century

Died

• 13th century of natural causes
• relics enshrined a chapel devoted to him at the Ottobeuren monastery

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-rupert-of-ottobeuren/


Saint Adrian of May

Also known as

Odhren

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May have been a member of the Hungarian royal family. Missionary bishop on the isle of May in the Firth of Forth off the western coast of Britain. Martyred with fellow missionaries by Danish invaders. May have evangelized in Ireland. May have been bishop of Saint Andrews; records are unclear. Leader of a group of martyrs killed by pagan Dane.

Born

at Pannonia, Hungary

Died

c.875

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-adrian-of-may/


Blessed Mieczyslaw Bohatkiewicz

Also known as

Miecislao Bohatkiewicz

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Priest in the diocese of Pinsk, Belarus. Martyred in the Nazi persecution of Christians.

Born

1 January 1904 in Kriukai (a.k.a. Krykaly), Marijampole rajonas, Lithuania

Died

4 March 1942 in Berezovichi (a.k.a. Berezwecz), Hrodzyenskaya voblasts', Belarus

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-mieczyslaw-bohatkiewicz/


Blessed Wladyslaw Mackowiak

Also known as

Ladislao Mackowiak

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Priest in the diocese of Vilnius, Lithuania. Martyred in the Nazi persecution of Christians.

Born

14 November 1910 in Sytki, Podlaskie, Poland

Died

4 March 1942 in Berezovichi (a.k.a. Berezwecz), Hrodzyenskaya voblasts', Belarus

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-wladyslaw-mackowiak/


Blessed Stanislaw Pyrtek

Also known as

Stanislao Pyrtek

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Priest in the diocese of Vilnius, Lithuania. Martyred in the Nazi persecution of Christians.

Born

21 March 1913 in Bystra Podhalanska, Malopolskie, Poland

Died

4 March 1942 in Berezovichi (a.k.a. Berezwecz), Hrodzyenskaya voblasts', Belarus

Beatified

13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-stanislaw-pyrtek/


Saint Felix of Rhuys

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Hermit on Ouessant Island, France. Benedictine monk at Saint Benoit sur Loire monastery, Fleury-sur-Loire, France. Assigned to restore the great Rhuys abbey which had been founded by Saint Gildas the Wise and later destroyed by the Normans.

Born

near Quimper, Brittany (part of modern France)

Died

1038 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-of-rhuys/


Blessed Alexander Blake

Additional Memorial

4 May as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland and Wales

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Layman. Condemned for harboring priests. Martyr.

Born

England

Died

hanged, drawn and quartered on 4 March 1590 in Gray's Inn Lane, London, England

Beatified

15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-alexander-blake/


Saint Basinus of Trier

Also known as

Basino, Basinos

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Seventh-century benedictine monk. Abbot of Saint Maximinus monastery in Trier, Germany. Bishop of Trier. Assisted English missionaries in the area, including Saint Willibrord of Echternach.

Born

in Lorraine, France

Died

c.705 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-basinus-of-trier/


Saint Leonard of Avranches

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Known initially for his powerful build, fiery temper, and bullying demeanor. In later life he reformed, took his religion seriously, spent 30 years as bishop of Avranches, France, and was proclaimed a saint by the parishioners in his see.

Died

c.614 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-leonard-of-avranches/


Saint Owen

Also known as

Ouini, Owin

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Steward in the household of Saint Etheldreda. Monk at Lastingham, England, and then near Lichfield, England. Spiritual student of Saint Chad.

Died

c.680 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-owen/


Saint Gaius of Nicomedia

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Officer in the Roman emperor's palace. Martyred with 27 companions.

Died

drowned c.254 at Nicomedia (modern Izmit, Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-gaius-of-nicomedia/


Saint Arcadius of Cyprus

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Fourth century missionary bishop who evangelized in Cyprus. Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arcadius-of-cyprus/


Saint Nestor the Martyr

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Fourth century missionary bishop who evangelized in Cyprus. Martyr.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nestor-the-martyr/


Martyrs on the Appian Way

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Group of 900 martyrs buried in the catacombs of Saint Callistus on the Appian Way, Rome, Italy.

Died

c.260

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-on-the-appian-way/


Martyrs of Nicomedia

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A group of 20 Christians murdered together for their faith. The only details about them to survive are three of their names - Archelaus, Cyrillos and Photius.

Died

Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey)

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-nicomedia-4-march/


Martyrs of the Crimea

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A group of 4th century missionary bishops who evangelized in the Crimea and southern Russia, and we martyred for their work. We know little else beyond the names - Aetherius, Agathodorus, Basil, Elpidius, Ephrem, Eugene and Gapito.

http://catholicsaints.info/martyrs-of-the-crimea/


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